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Josephus and the New Testament

Author: Steve Mason
Publisher: Peabody, Mass. : Hendrickson Publishers, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Understandably, throughout Christian history, the Works of Josephus have been indispensable in helping us reconstruct the history and world of the New Testament. After all, Josephus tells us firsthand about the Herodian family, the temple, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes. He mentions James the brother of Jesus, John the Baptist, and even Jesus himself. Arguably, apart from the New Testament itself,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Mason, Steve, 1957-
Josephus and the New Testament.
Peabody, Mass. : Hendrickson Publishers, ©1992
(OCoLC)603891761
Named Person: Flavius Josephus; Flavius Josephus
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Mason
ISBN: 0943575990 9780943575995
OCLC Number: 26720248
Description: 248 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Purpose of This Book. --
Chapter 1: The Use and Abuse of Josephus. --
Chapter 2: The Career of Josephus. --
Chapter 3: The Writings of Josephus. --
Chapter 4: Who's Who in the New Testament World? --
Chapter 5: Early Christian figures mentioned by Josephus. --
Chapter 6: Josephus and Luke-Acts. --
Conclusion: The Significance of Josephus for New Testament Study. --
Index of Subjects. --
Index of Ancient Sources.
Responsibility: Steve Mason.
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Understandably, throughout Christian history, the Works of Josephus have been indispensable in helping us reconstruct the history and world of the New Testament. After all, Josephus tells us firsthand about the Herodian family, the temple, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes. He mentions James the brother of Jesus, John the Baptist, and even Jesus himself. Arguably, apart from the New Testament itself, Josephus has helped us understand the life and times and world of Jesus and the apostles as much as any other document of the ancient world. Unfortunately we have often strip-mined Josephus for selfish reasons and have left the message of this first-century Jewish historian in shambles. His relevance for Christianity has been flattened by a simplistic history=fact formula approach, and his contribution to our understanding of the ancient world has been twisted to suit modern needs and answer to questions Josephus never intended. An internationally recognized authority on Josephus, Louis H. Feldman comments on the appearance of Steve Mason's Josephus and the New Testament: "There can be no doubt that the best aid for understanding the background of the New Testament is its contemporary, Josephus; and there can now be no doubt that the most careful, most comprehensive, and most useful introduction to Josephus as the key to the background for the New Testament is Steve Mason's book. As one reads it, one senses that a master teacher is talking directly to one in a most delightful, even breezy, style so easy to understand. The judgement in the many disputed questions are eminently fair and always based on a fresh and insightful reading of the texts involved, so that even the most advanced student will find the book of great value."--Louis H. Feldman, Professor of Classics, Yeshiva University.

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